The League of Awesome Librarians

Say goodbye to lackluster professional memberships and hello to our awesome, year-round community.

Got questions? Scroll down for our FAQ or send an email!

 

Join as a Mastermind

For the cost of a fancy coffee a month, you can join our league—it’s less than 1/2 of the cost of an ALA/ACRL membership!

 

$7.99/month or $94.99 per year

  • 24/7 access to our online community with articles, discussions, informal chat, and more!

  • League sticker!

  • Opportunity to join a focused Mastermind group/Community of Practice of librarians for monthly virtual meet-ups for goal-setting, inspiration, and support!

Join as an Awesome Librarian

For the price of a typical streaming subscription, you can join our awesome community and totally up your professional development with $200 worth of webinars! Oh yeah, and it’s still $30 less than ACRL!

 

$14.99/month or $174.99 per year

  • 24/7 access to our online community with articles, discussions, informal chat, and more!

  • League sticker!

  • Opportunity to join a focused Mastermind group of librarians for monthly virtual meet-ups!

  • Access to 4 skill-building, interactive Webinars-that-Don’t-Suck (one per quarter) - a $200 value!

  • A rockin’ enamel pin to show off your awesomeness!

Join as an AWESOME LIBRARIAN with Flair

Support us with just shy of $1 a day! In return, you get access to our community, trainings, and cool swag to show your librarian badassery!

 

$29.99/month or $349.99 per year

  • 24/7 access to our online community with articles, discussions, informal chat, and more!

  • League sticker!

  • Opportunity to join a focused Mastermind group of librarians for monthly virtual meet-ups!

  • Access to 4 skill-building, interactive Webinars-that-Don’t-Suck (one per quarter) - a $200 value!

  • A rockin’ enamel pin to show off your awesomeness!

  • Your name on our website as a donor!

  • One hour individual consultation with a member of the LibCol Programming team for your teaching, career, or other job-related needs!

  • A quarterly surprise package with rockin’ merch to show off your librarian badassery! Psst: See our shop for some examples/inspiration.

FAQ

Is this only for people with the title librarian?

No! And we’re so glad you asked. We believe in the “big tent” definition of librarian and we’re not persnickety about degrees. We welcome anyone working in a library, such as staff or para-professionals, or anyone doing library-adjacent work, such as working for a non-profit or organization related to libraries or as an independent library consultant.

Why did you form the League?

We were tired of paying for expensive professional association memberships that didn’t deliver on what we thought was the point: connecting professional librarians to one another to move our profession forward. So, we decided to stop bitchin’ and make our own league and to make it awesome!

Our intentional community is not a membership that we require for you to be a part of our annual gathering or Library Collective events—those are open to all and will remain that way! Instead, it’s a clean social network-style community with a monthly subscription/donation required to help us cover the costs of creating a private, ad-free network with fresh content, real connections, and fun surprises. (But you probably already knew how much we love surprises and giveaways!)

How are you different than a traditional professional association?

The typical professional association charges a lot of moo-lah for few perks or tangible benefits. Not to mention you have to pay a lot more for any content, such as webinars, meet-ups, and conference registrations, even when the labor for these offerings comes directly from fellow librarians! So, we're attempting to create the most interactive and useful community at the lowest possible cost. We've been doing the same thing in the conference landscape for the last five years, and now we’re reinventing professional memberships, too! It takes time and resources to do this, so we can't do it for free, but we pledge to make it an incredible value, just like everything we do at The Library Collective.

We’re volunteer-run, nimble, agile, and committed to keeping things fun and not boring—we think that makes us very different, indeed!

We want our community to be one that you join because you want to not because you have to in order to advance your degree, job, or career.

Unlike other organizations, we never sell our mailing list. And we wanted to create a secure, ad-free community for in-depth sharing. We've heard from many of you over the years that you want to keep the magic of our annual Collective gathering happening all year round. This is our attempt to do so! We have some great features for creating exclusive content, deeper conversations, richer polls, and online or in-real-life events in this new online community.

In sum, we want you to get five key things from The League of Awesome:

  • Experience exclusive + fresh content and conversations you can’t find anywhere else.

  • Meet awesome librarians who share your interests, who do the same things, or who care about the same topics.

  • Make better, more well-informed decisions about the things happening in your libraries. 

  • Swap stories, experiences, and ideas around our shared mission (of awesome libraries/librarianship).

  • Find a little inspiration, thought-provoking conversations, and expert perspective each and every day. 

Why does the League cost money to join?

Privacy isn’t free and we think our community deserves a privacy-conscious, ad-free place for real connection. Hosting, creating, and maintaining this kind of community has tangible costs, even with our amazing volunteers who give their time in service of the profession. We also believe in honoring librarian labor (i.e. our workshop instructors) with money for their time and expertise. But as with everything we do, we’ve made every effort to make our community as affordable and accessible as possible! You can choose to pay yearly or monthly because we know smaller monthly payments might be easier for some in our profession.

Are you saying all other organizations suck?

Nope! We get a bit sassy with our marketing (it gets folks’ attention and starts conversations!) but we want to be clear: we acknowledge and appreciate all the hard work of many librarians on behalf of existing organizations. We are or have been contributing members for many years to ALA, ACRL, and many others…but we’re just looking for something more for our money and decided to build it instead of complaining or wading through years of bureaucracy to make it happen.

We’re hoping that through our efforts we’ll push forward an improved model for community-building across disciplines and library types—it certainly won’t replace all of the components of giant organizations like ALA or ACRL (with so many sections or subgroups for niche content)—but it just might advance a better model for cross-pollination. Our aim is to challenge our existing organizations to do better with the immense resources, financial and otherwise, that they have and we feel there’s plenty of room for improvement in some areas.

How can I access the League? Can I keep up with the League on my phone?

You may login using any computer browser and/or subscribe for email updates/alerts for topics you might follow; there are a variety of communication settings. You have control over how you want to engage with us. You also have the option to download the Mighty Network app for Apple and Android devices and then log in to the League of Awesome Librarians to access our community and get alerts wherever you are.

What is a Mastermind group and where did that term come from?

Mastermind groups have been around since the turn of the 20th century and are a form of peer-to-peer mentoring. They’re similar to Communities of Practice but more focused on goal setting and support. You can read a little bit about their history on this Wikipedia stub and we have a lot more info inside of the League about our unique take/version of Masterminds, which have been designed with the modern-day librarian/library worker in mind!


Thank you to our Awesome Librarians with Flair who memberships include a donation to help us keep our community going.

Maggie Albro

DeeDee Baldwin

Julie Feighery

Shannah Hollich

Jenessa McElfresh

Christine Reynolds

Megan Sheffield